Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein; Wide-ranging essays on print culture from Renaissance Europe to the contemporary digital world
Inspiring debate since the early days of its publication, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe (1979) has exercised its own force as an agent of change in the world of scholarship. Its path-breaking agenda has played a central role in shaping the study of print culture and "book history"—fields of inquiry that rank among the most exciting and vital areas of scholarly endeavor in recent years. Joining together leading voices in the field of print scholarship, this collection of twenty essays affirms the catalytic properties of Eisenstein's study as a stimulus to further inquiry across geographic, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries. From early modern marginalia to the use of architectural title pages in Renaissance books, from the press in Spanish colonial America to print in the Islamic world, from the role of the printed word in nation-building to changing histories of reading in the electronic age, this book addresses the legacy of Eisenstein's work in print culture studies today as it suggests future directions for the field.
University of Massachusetts Press
Baron, Sabrina Alcorn; Lindquist, Eric N.; and Shevlin, Eleanor F., "Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies after Elizabeth L. Eisenstein; Wide-ranging essays on print culture from Renaissance Europe to the contemporary digital world" (2007). College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Books. 75.